How you can help with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
With thousands of people displaced and in shelters, many are wondering what they can do to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The storm dumped more than 20 inches of rain on the area, with more expected over the next few days.
Here are ways you can help!
Midwest Food Bank is collecting donations for flood victims. You can donate at Midwest Food Bank, 6450 S. Belmont Ave., Indianapolis. The phone number is (317) 786-8980. The food bank is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Some of the items the group is asking for include cereal, peanut butter, peanuts, canned meat, toilet paper, paper towels, soup, vegetables, canned fruit, ramen noodles, pasta, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
You can also make monetary donations on their website.
Hoosiers can also donate to hurricane relief efforts through the American Red Cross. Simply text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You can also visit the Red Cross website or call 1- 800-RED CROSS to make a donation. Additionally, if you or someone you know needs help in the wake of Harvey, click here.
The Red Cross provided these details about how monetary donations can help:
- $10 – Provides one hot meal and additional snacks to a person – These nourishing meals that include a main course, snacks and a drink are provided by Red Cross workers and distributed at shelters or through mobile feeding in communities by Red Cross emergency response vehicles.
- $20 – Provides breakfast, lunch and dinner – During times of disaster, these prepared meals are served by Red Cross workers at shelters or Red Cross emergency response vehicles driving through neighborhoods. Every effort is taken to provide culturally appropriate food based on a community’s needs.
- $50 – Provides a full day of food and shelter for one person – This service includes providing breakfast, lunch and dinner, the costs to mobilize and distribute a cot, two blankets and a comfort kit as well as the costs to support the Red Cross workers providing this service.
- $100 – Provides a crib for an infant in a shelter – The Red Cross shelter manager will take the necessary steps to make all residents comfortable in a shelter; this includes families with infants and children. Covers the cost of Red Cross clean-up kits for 5 families – These kits, stored and ready for distribution in multiple locations nationwide, contain items needed to begin recovery immediately after a disaster. Each kit comes with a sectional handle with mop, broom, squeegee and push broom heads, pail, scrub brush, sponge, disinfectant, detergent/degreaser, bleach, trash bags, gloves and dust mask.
- $200 – Provides a full day of food and shelter to a family of four – This service includes providing breakfast, lunch and dinner, the costs to mobilize and distribute a cot, two blankets and a comfort kit as well as the costs of Red Cross workers to provide this service.
- $1,000 – Provides food and shelter for a family of four for five days -This service includes providing breakfast, lunch and dinner, the costs to mobilize and distribute a cot, two blankets and a comfort kit as well as the costs of Red Cross workers to provide this support.
You can also donate to the Salvation Army.